- Community Soccer festival took place today at Haas Park in Chicago ahead of City’s match in the city later this week
- New signing Riyad Mahrez joined his City teammates at the festival where local kids got the chance to be trained by City coaches
- Premier League trophy and Carabao Cup were on display as well as a number of exciting activities for soccer fans
English Premier League champions Manchester City hosted a community soccer festival today at Chicago’s Haas Park where aspiring local soccer players got to be trained by City players and coaches. The team is in the city ahead of the International Champions Cup match against Borussia Dortmund on 20th July at Soldier Field.
Members of the City first team, including new signing Riyad Mahrez, attended the festival alongside Club ambassador Mike Summerbee and former player Paul Dickov. The UAE Special Olympics team, in Chicago for the Games’ 50th anniversary celebrations taking place this month, also visited the festival ahead of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, due to take place in the UAE’s capital in March next year.
Local community members, alongside members of City supporters’ clubs, took part in the festival where they experienced exciting fan activations and soccer-themed games. Supporters also got the chance to have their photo taken with the Premier League trophy and Carabao Cup that were won by City last season.
This festival builds on Manchester City’s global community work that is delivered in 18 cities around the world through the Cityzens Giving programme – empowering young leaders to use soccer to tackle important social issues in their communities.
The festival took place at the soccer facilities at Haas Park Soccer Field that was originally gifted by the United Arab Emirates Embassy, in conjunction with Manchester City, in October 2012 and where hundreds of local children have benefitted from soccer and education sessions.
Omar Berrada, Manchester City’s chief operating officer, commented: “One of the most special things about Manchester City’s international tours is getting the opportunity to host events in the local communities that we visit. Soccer festivals like we saw today in Chicago are a fantastic way for us to provide fun and inclusive soccer activities for children and young people, and bring an authentic City experience right into the neighbourhoods of our supporters.”
Limited tickets remain for City’s match in Chicago on the 20th July – visit www.mancity.com for more information.
Manchester City match schedule
- Borussia Dortmund – 20th July @ Soldier Field, Chicago KO 8:05pm
- Liverpool FC – 25th July @ Metlife Stadium, New York KO 9:05pm
- Bayern Munich – 28th July @ Hard Rock Stadium, Miami KO 7:05pm
About Manchester City Football Club
Manchester City FC is an English Premier League club initially founded in 1880 as St Mark’s West Gorton. It officially became Manchester City FC in 1894 and has since then gone onto win the European Cup Winners’ Cup, five League Championship titles, including three Premier League titles (2012, 2014, 2018), and five FA Cups. Manchester City is one of eight teams comprising the City Football Group which includes New York City FC, Melbourne City FC, Yokohama F. Marinos, Club Atlético Torque and FC Girona.
Under manager Pep Guardiola, one of the most highly decorated managers in world football, the Club plays its domestic and UEFA Champions League home fixtures at the Etihad Stadium, a spectacular 55,000 seat arena that City have called home since 2003. Today, the Stadium sits on the wider Etihad Campus, which also encompasses the City Football Academy, a state-of-the-art performance training and youth development facility located in the heart of East Manchester. Featuring a 7,000 capacity Academy Stadium, the City Football Academy is also where Manchester City Women’s Football Club and the Elite Development Squad train on a daily basis and play their competitive home games.
For more information, please visit www.mancity.com